Beethoven 7th Symphony Analysis

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Modesto Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s 7th
Symphony

The performance started out with “Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg “The Master-Singers of Nuremberg”” composed by
Richard Wagner. Wagner was a German composer mainly known for his amazing operas. He was born in Germany in May of 1813 and lived through the romantic era of music. The entire opera has to be one of the longest that is commonly performed, typically taking close to four and a half hours. In this performance, however, they only played the Prelude which will be conducted in common time or 4/4. The setting of this piece of music has to be more secular than anything else. The opera was originally performed in the Königliches Hof- und National-Theater in Munich, Germany in
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This piece specifically spoke out to me because I used to play trumpet and the difficulty of this music that Ridenour wrote and performed flawlessly left me awestruck. Also, it was clearly not scared to say the least, but, it is in more a more urban feel than secular. The third piece of music from the concert is Beethoven Symphony 7, Movement One. Beethoven is one of the most recognized composers of all time, next to Mozart mainly from his 9th symphony. Beethoven was born in March of 1827 in Bonn, Austria. When he was 21, he moved to Vienna, studied with Joseph Haydn, and began to develop a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. In his 30s, he was beginning to become completely deaf and gave up on conducting in 1811. He continued to compose until his death and his best work came in the last 15 years of his life after he became completely deaf. His 7th symphony has to be my favorite piece of music of all time. I dream of being able to play it someday. The first movement begins in a slow andante then speeds up to allegro soon after. The movement is very lively and joyful, much like most of
Beethoven’s music. Lastly, it is secular, as all of the movements are in this
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Now when I go to any venue that has live music, even from the small to large, I will now have a tremendous appreciation, and the reflection of that music will continually reflect with me as I experience more and more in life. And all of that was in a part of taking this course to help infer the varieties of types of music, instruments, and histories of each person making it such an amazing thing since the wheel. If I ever happen to have time to go to another one of these again, I will surely be asking one of my friends to come along for the ride of a lifetime; and also for the added experience that I felt while sitting in my seat. And maybe, just maybe, if they happen to ask anything that is specific to the music, it would be possible to help them understand what is transpiring. In my final words, I am very pleased to have taken the opportunity to have taken this course not as a requirement, but as something that I thought would be a nice addition to my own mental repertoire for later

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